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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. New residency 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

North East Jazz CelebrationPart 1 - The Graeme Wilson Quartet. June 25.

Graeme Wilson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The first of a 3 band set in this Jazz North East/Sage Gateshead collaboration which was also part of a bigger picture - The Festival of the North East.
All the compositions were by Graeme and had been heard earlier in the month at the Lit and Phil. Not that this diminished the content, in fact, if anything, familiarity brought greater understanding.
Street of Furs (in New York) saw Wilson hit the ground running - his angular, Coltrane-like lines setting the mood for the set. Remora featured a blistering bass solo by "The Champ". He blistered at the Lit and Phil too but this time he hadn't just stepped off a plane from China instead, he was bright eyed and bushy tailed and doing things with the bass Yehudi couldn't even accomplish on a violin!
The Sycamore, that's the evocative piece about the derelict cinema in Blyth which now has a tree growing out of the roof, was emotional and melancholic.
Later numbers included a rocky organ blast - the tenor player could have walked the bar on this one - didn't catch the title.
The final number may have been Honolulus. It was a fast, post bop swinger that brought Sinclair to the forefront with a take no prisoners solo. He had no choice - the next band up had David Carnegie on kit!
A good start that the crowd at this well attended event appreciated.
Lance.
(In the above photo taken after the final concert Graeme Wilson is on the far right. Others are (l-r) Neil Newton, Stefan Walcott, Zoe Gilby and David Carnegie.)

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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